Lee Mack shares concerning news about the future of his popular comedy series, ‘Not Going Out’

Richard Bevan
Richard Bevan
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Lee Mack, the acclaimed comedian and creator of the beloved BBC sitcom Not Going Out, has delivered disheartening news to fans eagerly awaiting the show’s return. In a recent statement, Mack revealed that the sitcom’s future remains uncertain, as the decision lies in the hands of BBC executives.

Since its inception in 2006, Not Going Out has enjoyed a remarkable journey, captivating audiences with its wit and charm. At its peak, the show garnered over six million viewers, solidifying its status as a fan favourite. Starring Lee Mack as a fictionalised version of himself and Sally Bretton as his on-screen wife, Lucy, the series has seen immense success over the years.

Lee Mack’s “Not Going Out” first aired in 2006 and starred a host of different comedians.

However, despite its longstanding popularity, Mack has confirmed that Not Going Out will not be returning this year. Instead, fans may have to wait until early 2025 for the possibility of new episodes. Mack expressed his sentiments regarding the show’s hiatus, stating:

More 1% Club, more Would I Lie to You? and, for the first year in a long time, I won’t be doing Not Going Out.”

Lee Mack remains optimistic about the future of the show.

In an interview with The Sun, Lee Mack emphasised that the decision regarding the show’s future is beyond his control. He remarked:

“I’d love to do more, I love doing it, it’s great fun, I love the cast but […] it’s not always my decision, these things.”

Lee Mack humorously added:

“I just wait for someone to say, ‘There’s a bag of money, get on with it’.”

“Not Going Out” has had a remarkable run since 2006, defying the odds and securing its place as one of Britain’s longest-running sitcoms. Despite facing cancellation by the BBC in 2009, the show was resurrected due to overwhelming fan support, including a compelling online petition and strong DVD sales.

Reflecting on the show’s journey, Lee Mack previously hinted at the possibility of its conclusion, stating:

“We’ll have reached 100 episodes by the time we’ve finished this latest series and – as I am quite obsessive about numbers – that could be a nice, round number to end on. Either that or we go on until we’ve reached 200!”

“Not Going Out” holds the distinction of being the second longest-running British sitcom by a number of series, trailing only behind Last of the Summer Wine. Throughout its tenure, the show has featured a talented ensemble cast, including Hugh Dennis, Anna Abigail Cruttenden, Miranda Hart, Tim Vine, Katy Wix, and the late Bobby Ball.

As fans eagerly await news of the show’s fate, Lee Mack’s humour and wit continue to shine, both on and off-screen. With discussions ongoing and the future hanging in the balance, one thing remains certain – the legacy of Not Going Out will endure, leaving an indelible mark on British comedy.

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